SACRAMENTO -- Senator Bill Dodd’s wildfire safety-related proposal requiring newly sold or installed electric garage door openers to be equipped with backup batteries to prevent people from being trapped in their garages during power failures took a step closer to becoming law Thursday when it passed the Assembly with overwhelming support.
By Bill Dodd
(Sonoma County Gazette, August 3, 2018)
At a time when the federal government is rolling back protections, we are moving forward here in California.
On so many fronts – from safeguarding the environment to helping undocumented immigrants – we lead the nation, setting standards for things like stewardship and human rights that we hope other states will follow.
SACRAMENTO – A panel of experts on topics ranging from fire science to forest management will testify Tuesday before the Conference Committee on Wildfire Preparedness and Response as lawmakers shift their focus from utility liability to fire prevention. The hearing begins at 2 p.m. in state Capitol Room 4202.
By Bill Dodd
(The Davis Enterprise, 8-1-18)
Protecting consumer personal and financial information is not only the responsible thing to do. It’s good business.
Last week, Facebook found out the hard way that to act otherwise can affect the bottom line. It suffered the largest drop in Wall Street history, losing $120 billion in stock value, on projections of slower user growth tied to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Clearly, being reckless with data can have disastrous effects. And consumers are demanding better safeguards.
SACRAMENTO – The next two hearings of the Conference Committee on Wildfire Preparedness and Response will be Aug. 7 and Aug. 9 in the state Capitol’s John L. Burton Hearing Room 4203.
The Aug. 7 hearing begins at 2 p.m. The subject is ensuring a safe and reliable electric grid. The Aug. 9 hearing begins upon adjournment of Senate and Assembly floor sessions. The subject is inverse condemnation and electric utilities.
By Bill Dodd
(San Francisco Chronicle, 7-27-18)
A committee of California lawmakers this week took the first step toward addressing one of the biggest problems facing our state — the stunning rise in devastating wildfires.
In the first in a series of hearings expected to play out over the next month, members of the bipartisan Senate-Assembly conference committee in Sacramento heard from experts on a range of issues — from the role of electric utilities and climate change, to what might be done to prevent future fires to finding a way to make needed investments.
SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, issued the following statement today upon the release of dates for the legislative Conference Committee on Wildfire Preparedness and Response:
SACRAMENTO – A bill from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that improves counties’ ability to plan and deliver infrastructure projects was signed into law Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown. “It will ensure more timely completion at a higher quality, sparing the public any cost overruns,” Senator Dodd said.
Our region was hit harder by last year's wildfires than anywhere else in the state. We saw thousands of homes burn, hundreds of thousands of acres scorched, and the tragic loss of lives. The Tubbs Fire alone was the single most destructive wildfire in state history.